CLEVELAND — The former parking lots beneath the Veterans Memorial Bridge connecting downtown to Ohio City are closed until at least Halloween while crews work on Phase 1 of the Towpath Trailhead Extension. It’s part of a larger Master Plan to improve Canal Basin Park.
PLEASE NOTE: Canal Basin Parking Lot will be closed for construction of the Towpath Trailhead. The lot will be closed beginning WEDNESDAY - SEPTEMBER 8, 2021 though October 31, 2021.— City of Cleveland (@CityofCleveland) September 3, 2021
Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this important public improvement project. pic.twitter.com/cCUW60s0J4
The trailhead would connect the towpath trail from where it runs along Scranton Peninsula, next to Carter Road, across the Carter Road Bridge, with a newly completed section that takes pedestrians and cyclists under Columbus Road. The work is expected to be completed this fall.
Part of Merwin Avenue will be turned into areas for pedestrians to use, occasionally allowing service vehicles to pass through to access the Sewer District facility near Settler’s Landing.
A 70-space parking lot will remain near the Towpath Trail.
Future phases of the project could remove West Avenue completely, creating a larger greenspace and pavilion.
The Towpath Trail follows the same route where the canal that inspired the park’s name used to be. You can see a full history of the area from the National Park Service and Cuyahoga Valley National Park here.
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